He and Farm Sanctuary were also sponsors of California's Proposition 2 to ban veal crates
, gestation crates and battery cages, which passed in 2008 with more than 63% of the vote.
Just a week ago, Wal-Mart called on suppliers to stop keeping calves in veal crates
and hogs in gestation crates.
First some background: Over the past decade, citizens and legislators in nine states have passed laws to protect farm animals from the three most egregious confinement systems that exist on modern factory farms - battery cages, which confine five or more hens to cages about the size of a filing cabinet; and gestation and veal crates
, which confine pregnant pigs and calves, respectively, in a space roughly the size of their bodies, so that they can't even turn around for almost their entire lives.
Compassion in World Farming, the lobby group that helped bring in a ban on veal crates
, and the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals both recognize improvements in conditions in Britain, where ethically reared rose veal is approved by the RSPCA.
Specifically, it deals with veal crates
, battery cages for egg-laying hens and sow gestation crates.
Colorado recently passed a law to phase out veal crates
and pig gestation crates.
We may have outlawed ghastly foie gras, veal crates
and the like, but we are not averse to sending livestock abroad to endure the torture.
The EU has already banned veal crates
, and legislation requires that lorries used for carrying cattle for eight hours or more must be licensed to ensure they are equipped with drinking systems and temperature monitors, as well as satellite tracking to make it easier to monitor that the rules are being followed.
Unsurprisingly, the regulations have been extremely disappointing in that they have codified as permissible virtually every intensive farming practice condemned by animal protection groups, including gestation crates and veal crates
. What is particularly shocking is that the state agency built into the regulations an exemption for "routine husbandry practices." In addition, with respect to enforcement, the agency has failed to create any right to inspect.
WE told how calves are crammed into tiny wooden veal crates
and transported for endless hours across Europe.
"These modest standards mean that federal suppliers cannot engage in the most inhumane current industrial farming practices: intensive confinement in battery cages, gestation or veal crates
, forced molting of laying hens through starvation, forced feeding for foie gras, hauling of downed animals to slaughter or leaving sick or injured animals to languish without treatment or humane euthanasia," said Shays.
(banned in the UK) may be used and even if they are kept in groups, most will be housed on concrete slabs without any bedding material.